SHIPPING VEHICLES FROM THE UK TO INDIA

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6. Be prepared: Our multipoint inspection and garage repairs available prior to departure ensure your vehicle is ready for its examination in India.

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IMPORTING YOUR VEHICLE INTO INDIA

2-wheeled vehicles, such as motorcycles and scooters, dominate India’s automotive industry. The remaining categories include commercial vehicles, three wheelers and passenger cars. However, there is also a growing market for imported luxury cars, both new and second-hand.

 

VEHICLE IMPORT REQUIREMENTS: INDIA

The 2001 Exim Policy put the following guidelines in place.

 

NEW VEHICLE IMPORTS

To qualify as a new imported vehicle:

  • The vehicle must not have been assembled or manufactured in India.
  • The vehicle must not have been sold, loaned or leased prior to entering India.
  • Prior to importation, the vehicle must not have been registered for use in any other country.

 

Conditions for new vehicle imports apply:

  • All qualifying new vehicles must contain a speedometer written in km/h
  • All qualifying new vehicles must contain right-hand steering and controls (Exceptions include two and three wheeler vehicles)
  • All qualifying new vehicles must contain photometry of its headlamps suited to “keep-left” traffic
  • All qualifying new vehicles must be imported direct from the country of manufacture.
  • All qualifying new vehicles must comply with the provisions/rules set in the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act, on the date of import
  • All qualifying new vehicles must only enter India through the selected customs ports. These include Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), Calcutta and Chennai.

 

SECOND-HAND OR USED VEHICLE IMPORTS

To qualify as a second-hand or used imported vehicle:

  • The vehicle must have been sold, loaned or leased prior to entering India.
  • Prior to importation, the vehicle must have been registered for use in any country, as per the laws of that country.

 

Conditions for second-hand and used vehicle imports apply:

  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must not be older than 3 years from the date of manufacture.
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must contain a speedometer written in km/h
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must contain right-hand steering and controls (Exceptions include two and three wheeler vehicles)
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must contain photometry of its headlamps suited to “keep-left” traffic
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must contain a cylinder capacity less than 3,000cc
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must comply with the provisions/rules set in the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act, on the date of import
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must only enter India through the selected customs port at Mumbai.
  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must have a roadworthiness for at least 5 years from the date of importation.

This must be declared by the importer and supported by a certificate issued by a Government appointed testing agency.

  • All qualifying second-hand or used vehicles must be submitted for testing to Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, of the Ministry of Defence or the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune or the Central Farm and Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni, Madhya Pradesh, as well as any other agency specified by the Government.

All agencies must grant a certificate to state that the second-hand or used vehicle in question meets their provisions and rules set by the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act.

 

VEHICLE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS: INDIA

  • It is not permitted to import rebuilt, remanufactured or used motor vehicle parts into India.
  • Certain vehicles are also prohibited from entering India. These include;
    • Cars with an engine capacity between 1,000cc and 2,500cc
    • Motorcycles with an engine capacity between 50cc and 500cc
    • Scooters with an engine capacity between 250cc and 800cc

 

VEHICLE IMPORTS: RETURNING TO INDIA FOR PERMENANT SETTLEMENT

The “transfer of residence scheme” allows foreign nationals and non-resident Indians (NRIs) who are moving permanently to India to import either a new or used vehicle.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS: TRANSFER OF RESIDENCE SCHEME

To be a qualifying applicant:

  • Only one applicant is allowed per family.
  • The vehicle owner is only entitled to import one vehicle under the scheme every 3 years.
  • The vehicle owner must have lived abroad for a minimum of 2 years and intend to stay in India for a minimum of a year.
  • In the two years prior to migrating to India the vehicle owner must not have visited India for a period exceeding 6 months.

 

To be a qualifying vehicle:

  • The vehicle must have been imported within the first six months of the applicant arriving in India.
  • The vehicle must comply with the Government conditions
  • The vehicle must not be sold for a minimum of two years after import.
  • All cars imported must have an engine capacity of 1,600cc or less.

Exceptions include: Vehicles with an engine capacity of more than 1,600cc must have been registered and owned overseas for a minimum of a year before import.

  • All motorcycles imported must have an engine capacity between 75cc and 500cc.

 

All imported vehicles are subject to both customs duties and testing fees.

 

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